Have you found some vinyl windows but are not entirely sure if they are the right options? We have five tips that can help you decide if you’ve found a great option. Keep reading to learn what they are, and be sure to reach out to Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 for additional help if needed.
- Consider All Vinyl Options
- Take a Look at the Corners
- Take a Look at the Labels
- Choose Energy Star Windows
- Price Should Be a Factor But Not the Only Factor
Not all vinyl is created equally. Some vinyl is newly made, while others are recycled. Both require little maintenance, but the thickness varies in each. Look at several frames from any manufacturer you are considering to measure how thick they are. The thicker the vinyl is, the heavier and better it is – but the more expensive it is, too.
You can learn a lot from looking at the corners of vinyl windows. For some manufacturers, fusion-welding technology is used on the corners. It fuses the corners together so that the joint is entirely unbreakable. However, other companies can screen the corners or weld them together with chemicals. These will not last as long as fusion-welding.
You can determine how energy efficient a particular type of window is just by looking at the label. At Progressive Insulation & Windows, we can go over the values, including the U-Factor, solar heat gain coefficient, condensation, rate, visible light transmittance, and other things that might be included on the labels. Our goal is to make sure that you have the necessary information to make the best decision for your home.
If you want your home to be as energy-efficient as possible, then it is wise to choose windows with the Energy Star label. The Energy Star program is a government program that helps buyers find energy-efficient options in a variety of products, including windows.
There are actually two categories that can affect the Energy Star rating of windows: U-value and solar heat gain coefficient. Windows are further divided based on climate zones because the windows you need here are not necessarily the windows someone in the Midwest would need.
Yes, you want to get a good deal on your windows but remember that the long-term goal is finding the best value. This means carefully considering not just what they will cost today but what you will pay each month to heat and cool your home with the new windows.
If you need help selecting the right windows for your home, contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200, and we can come to you. We look forward to ensuring that you have all the necessary information to make the most informed decision.